|100% of CHC's mothers received prenatal care.||Nationally, only 85% receive prenatal care.|
|Only 2% of CHC's mothers gave birth to low-birth-weight babies.||Nationally, 10% of babies are low-birth-weight.
|Only 2% of CHC's births are preterm.||Nationally, 13% of births are preterm.|
|The CHC repeat pregnancy rate is 2%.||Nationally, the repeat pregnancy rate is 25%.|
|CHC's graduation rate is 94%.
||Nationally, only 40% of teen mothers complete school. Teen fathers are 3 times more likely to drop out of school.|
CHC's clients come from all backgrounds: representing a diverse group of education and economic status as well as races.
We provide programs with Abington Hospital, Doylestown Hospital, Grand View Hospital, Lower Bucks Hospital, Montgomery County Human Services Center, Mother Bachmann Maternity Center, North Penn Visiting Nurse Association, Pottstown Medical Center and St. Mary Medical Center.
Without proper education, advocacy and support teen parents will have a significantly higher chance of using the social welfare system – cash assistance, food stamps, subsidized housing and involvement with Children & Youth protective services.
Many of CHC's clients have experienced childhood trauma, and studies have shown that children's risk for learning, behavioral and health problems rises in correlation to their level of trauma exposure. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study conducted by the CDC and Kaiser Permanente shows that ACE's are common and include abuse, neglect, witnessing domestic violence, or growing up with alcohol or other substance abuse, family dysfunction or crime in the home. ACE Study findings suggest that childhood adversity causes violence, including family violence, as well as the adult onset of chronic disease and mental illness. Many of our clients have experienced trauma in their youth and are stuck in the mindset that they cannot move out of poverty and into a place of success. CHC helps break this cycle.
Empowering and educating these young people will make them more likely to stay in school and graduate, find employment with good benefits, prepare their children for school and become productive members of the community.
CHC sponsors free childbirth classes, support groups, career counseling and other advocacy services to teens throughout Bucks & Montgomery Counties at dozens of locations. Through a practical and direct approach, this program brings the following to our community:
We work extensively with Bensalem, Bristol Borough, Bristol Township, BC Vocational High School, Centennial, Central Bucks, Council Rock, Morrisville, Neshaminy, Norristown, Pennridge, Pennsbury, Perk Valley, Pottstown and Souderton School Districts.
In FY 2013-14, CHC provided:
This class has made me more confident as I prepare to become a mother.